There is no doubt that you want to accomplish more in your life than ever before. You may have lofty career aspirations, family responsibilities, or personal goals that constantly loom over you. Most of all, you have an intense desire to balance and juggle all responsibilities.
It may seem impossible, but with the proper set of tools and practice, you can manage your time so you can get more done and enjoy more time with your family and friends; it all boils down to time management. Here are six tips on how to use your time efficiently - knowing these tips will keep you from going astray. Find out how. When you understand how to evaluate your time, eliminate time wasters, and get more things done, you'll be able to spend more time with family.
1Evaluate Your Time
The first thing that you need to do when trying to get more done is to evaluate how you use your time. Everything you do in the course of your day consumes time. Figure out what's most important and what can be snipped from your day.
2Eliminate The Time Wasters
Eliminate things that waste your time so you can spend more time on the things that matter in your day. If you find yourself easily distracted, work on your concentration. Affirmations will help you stay on task and avoid time wasters.
3Multitask Where You Can
If you're running errands, try to organize your trip. Get all your errands done at once instead of several gas-guzzling trips. Map out your activities and see which ones can be done at the same time or day.
4Do Not Procrastinate
Procrastinating is the habit of putting things off for later. It can also get you into trouble. In addition, procrastination sucks up time from something that needs to get done.
5Never Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Many of us are independent, which can be a good thing. However, it's okay to ask your spouse or family to help you with something. Teamwork and delegation will help all of you to get more done faster than ever.
6Create A Schedule And Stick To It
Schedules help keep you on track and set a pace for you to follow. Creating a schedule can help you stay organized. Scheduling also makes all your daily activities go smoothly.
Once you begin to organize better and manage your time, you'll naturally create more time to spend with your partner and kids. Come up with fun activities that you can all enjoy together as a family, such as having a game night where the entire family plays board games, engaging in activities, or watching a movie. You can also try arranging a weekend trip to somewhere fun for the entire family. It could be an amusement park, zoo, water park, or something fun and educational. The time away will recharge your body and mind and bring you closer to your family.
Another great idea is to have a night of arts and crafts. Perhaps, you can make a scrapbook together and allow everyone to include their memories in the book, or you can pick up a painting or sculpting kit and design something together. You can also reward the kids for good grades or good behavior by having a theater night on the weekends; take the kids to a movie they want to see that is appropriate for their age group or enjoy the theater with popcorn and soda together. Or you can play with them. Not only is it relaxing, but it's a positive reward for a week of hard work.
Kids love it when their parents join them in their imaginary world. Revert to your childhood and be one of the kids. If they're a little older, you can perhaps play sports or other activities together.
By managing your time better, you'll get more done. Plus, you'll be able to spend more time with your family and recharge your batteries. It's important to spend quality time with your loved ones because family memories are the real memories that you'll treasure forever.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."